546P Pyramid, 5.25 x 46
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
|Cigar age||1 yr. 5.8 mo.|
DESCRIPTION: This postscript review will feature the Zino Z Class Pyramid, which I first reviewed in Episode 276 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, June 19, 2011. These cigars have now been resting in the singles drawer of my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor for 1 year, 6 months and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week for this review.
The Zino Platinum brand attempts to bridge the gap between time-honored cigar tradition and the hip new marketing culture of today and is one of the leading lifestyle brands in the cigar industry. Their Z-Class Series cigar line was inspired by motion and made to accompany a fast-paced affluent lifestyle. As such, the Z-Class embodies ambition and opulence and yet has a moderate price tag of between $8-$10 per stick.
But at the end of the day a cigar has to perform. I have heard basically two types of reviews of these cigars; it seems that people either love them or hate them.
Z-Class consists of four formats: Toro, Robusto, Pyramid and Corona. All of them come packaged in custom gunmetal tins of 20 cigars. The blend features a Dominican wrapper accented by a Peruvian binder and include Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers.
Today’s featured Z-class is the 5.25-inch by 46 ring Pyramid.
TASTING NOTES: The Z-class Pyramid started strong with fresh cut hay, cedar and with oak wood tannin finish on the palate. Retrohaling kicked it up a notch providing a grand bolus of pepper spice and yet with floral notes that smoothed out the nasal effect.
The construction and burn were impeccable. The draw had ideal resistance and allowed copious amounts of smoke through with each puff. The smoke was heavy and luxurious and hung in the air like Elgin Baylor (extra points to those of you who remember him). The burn line was dead even, if a bit blistered. The dark gray ash was deeply striated and well formed and dropped off only when I asked it to.
As I got to the final third of this smoke, it became very full in body and flavor and displayed a thick, rich, resiny, earthy sweetness that stuck to my palate like gorilla glue. Talk about a huge impact on my palate… Bammo!
FINAL THOUGHTS: A year ago I noted that the flavors were out of balance with the retrohale. In other words, the retrohale was huge and aggressive and the palate impact was muted. Now, after an extra 16-months in my humidor, this cigar is smoking way more balanced. The retrohale has mellowed just enough to allow the palate-feel and flavors to emerge in sync.
There is still plenty of overall kick in this stick to make me believe it has a lot more life in it. I expect this cigar will continue to improve in flavor, body and strength, as well as in complexity as it further ages.
These cigars have a suggested retail price of $9.00 per stick, but I’ve seen them recently at a box price of $8.20 apiece. At that price, I say give these a try and buy enough to keep them in your humidor a while because this is certainly an archive selection stogie that has already improved immeasurably with further aging.
These cigars came in their original tin box of 20 cigars. I took them out of the box and they are now stored in the singles drawer of my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. Each cigar is cellophane-wrapped.
The Aristocrat cabinet has a set-and-forget, active humidification system that is set at 68%RH. Average temperatures run been between 62-70°F.
This is the second and final, postscript, review of these sticks, which have been in my humidor for 1 year, 5.8 months.
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